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Greg Olsen | Tight End | #88

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (31) / CHI
Contract: view contract details
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Greg Olsen (foot surgery) has shed his walking boot.
"Doing good," Olsen said Monday. "Just keep on going." It's been two weeks since Olsen went down. Barring a setback, Olsen will be one of the Panthers' two "return" players from injured reserve. He's eligible to resume practicing in four weeks, and playing in six. Ed Dickson has predictably been invisible in Olsen's absence. Oct 2 - 2:55 PM

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Panthers placed TE Greg Olsen on injured reserve with a broken foot.

Olsen underwent surgery on his broken right foot Tuesday. He's dealing with a "Jones" fracture. Julio Jones, Marvin Jones, Sammy Watkins and the NBA's Kevin Durant have all dealt with "Jones" fractures in recent years. The Panthers believe Olsen will return this season. He's eligible to practice after six weeks, and game action after eight. Ed Dickson takes over as the Panthers' starter. He won't be more than a low-end TE2 for fantasy purposes.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Olsen’s absence will open up more targets for Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess. Benjamin should command a larger market share and offers more upside; he’s currently 14th in yards per route among WRs with at least 25% of their team's targets (2.22), per PFF. Christian McCaffrey, who’s run the 5th-most routes among RBs, could benefit as well and the Saints just allowed New England’s RBs to combine for a 12/137/1 receiving line.
Sep 19 - 2:26 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Greg Olsen will miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken foot.

The timeline is right in line with what Ian Rapoport reported earlier on Monday. Mort said the team will decide after the operation whether to put Olsen on injured reserve. The tight end will be back this season, but holding him through the byes will be difficult for fantasy squads without an IR spot. Ed Dickson will step in as the starter with Olsen sidelined, but there are better replacements -- Cameron Brate and Ben Watson, to name a couple -- on the wire.
Sep 18 - 11:40 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Greg Olsen's broken right foot is not a season-ending injury.

RapSheet puts the timeline at "around" six games, but he admits injured reserve is a possibility as well. That would cost Olsen at least eight weeks. It is good news, but fantasy teams without an IR spot will find it difficult to burn a roster spot on a tight end through the bye weeks, especially one who struggled down the stretch last season and to open this one. Ed Dickson is likely to take over lead duties, but he is only an option in deeper leagues.
Sep 18 - 8:37 AM

Greg Olsen has been diagnosed with a broken right foot, and is out indefinitely.

It's close to the worst possible news after Olsen went down in awkward fashion early in Sunday's win over the Bills. At the very least, he's looking at a trip to injured reserve and return after eight weeks. A season-ending issue is also a distinct possibility. It's a loss the Panthers' discombobulated offense can ill-afford. Iron-man Olsen previously hadn't missed a game since 2007. Ed Dickson now takes over as the Panthers' starting tight end. He's unlikely to produce more than low-end TE2 value in fantasy leagues.
Sep 17 - 4:19 PM

Greg Olsen suffered a right foot injury in the Panthers' Week 2 game against the Bills, and will not return.

Uh oh. Olsen went down early in the first half, but was immediately listed "probable." Players return from probable tags almost 100 percent of the time. Instead, Olsen was ruled out at halftime. He was spotted on crutches and in a boot on the sideline. The injury certainly didn't look good when it happened. Olsen pulled up in non-contact fashion, and removed his shoe before heading to the locker room. Olsen hasn't missed a game since 2007. Ed Dickson is the No. 2 tight end.
Sep 17 - 2:38 PM

Greg Olsen caught 2-of-4 targets for 18 yards in the Panthers' Week 1 win over the 49ers.

Olsen was the recipient on perhaps Cam Newton's best throw of the day -- a 17-yard bullet across the middle to set up a short field goal -- but it was otherwise a quiet game for the passing offense. With Newton certain to improve as he gets more snaps under his belt, Olsen will have much better days in the future.
Sep 10 - 7:47 PM

The new $2 million in incentives in Greg Olsen's contract are related to "receptions, receiving yards, average yards-per-catch and postseason honors."

In other words, the money is spread out. It's the Panthers doing the bare minimum to keep Olsen happy after he sought a new contract.
Aug 31 - 5:51 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Panthers have added $2 million in incentives to Greg Olsen's contract.

The exact nature of the incentives are unclear, but they might be easily attainable after Olsen sought an extension earlier this year. Signed through 2018, Olsen didn't make it as far as Thomas Davis, who got a year added to his contract. Headed into his age-32 campaign, Olsen has a base salary of $6.5 million each of the next two seasons.
Aug 31 - 4:43 PM

Greg Olsen caught 2-of-3 targets for 14 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game.

Olsen has looked good all preseason despite not being targeted very often. The lack of targets likely doesn't mean anything for the regular season as Thursday was his first action with Cam Newton and he only had two pass attempts. Olsen remains an elite TE1 in fantasy.
Aug 24 - 11:31 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports there's "nothing imminent" on the Greg Olsen extension front.

Thomas Davis received his long-awaited (one-year) extension on Tuesday, but talks haven't progressed as quickly with Olsen. Whereas Davis was a 34 year old looking for one more year to be tacked onto his contract, Olsen is "only" 32 and remains in his prime. He's not looking for a one-year pillow. Olsen is currently signed through 2018.
Aug 15 - 6:11 PM

Greg Olsen caught his lone target for a 32-yard gain in the Panthers' preseason opener.

On the Panthers’ second drive, Olsen looked as spry as ever streaking deep down the middle of Houston’s defense for a 32-yard gain delivered by Derek Anderson. Olsen has lost nothing at age 32. He deserves to be the fourth tight end off fantasy draft boards, behind only Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, and Jordan Reed.
Aug 9 - 7:59 PM

Interim Panthers GM Marty Hurney said he's "looking at" extensions for Greg Olsen and contract-year WLB Thomas Davis.

"What we’re doing now is just evaluate where players are, looking at your veterans," Hurney said in mealy-mouthed fashion. A disgruntled Olsen and Davis were widely believed to be part of the reason ex-GM Dave Gettleman was fired, though Olsen — who is signed through 2018 — has already claimed he's comfortable playing out his contract. There's little reason for the Panthers to hit the gas with either player. Davis is 34 with an injury history and Olsen is making $13 million total over the next two years.
Aug 3 - 6:23 PM

NFL.com reports Greg Olsen will play out his contract.

Olsen also said, "after (ex-GM Dave) Gettleman was fired he did not want to be a further distraction." Despite his slow contract negotiations probably contributing toward Gettleman's firing, Olsen is now oddly accepting his current contract. As the most reliable component of the Panthers' offense and one of the NFL's top tight ends Olsen certainly deserves to be paid as such.
Jul 25 - 10:55 AM

Greg Olsen will report to Panthers training camp on time Tuesday.

Olsen considered a holdout due to dissatisfaction with his contract, but the Panthers are doling out money now that Marty Hurney has replaced Dave Gettleman as GM. Their first order of business was extending RG Trai Turner, and Olsen is likely now a priority. It's believed so-far-failed contract talks with Olsen and WLB Thomas Davis were at the root of Gettleman's ouster.
Jul 24 - 5:16 PM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Garrett Gilbert
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Cameron Artis-Payne
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
FB1Alexander Armah
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Damiere Byrd
3Curtis Samuel
WR21Devin Funchess
2Russell Shepard
WR31Russell Shepard
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Chris Manhertz
LT1Matt Kalil
2John Theus
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Amini Silatolu
C1Ryan Kalil
2Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Greg Van Roten
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
K1Graham Gano